Maximizing Your Yield In Continuous Corn Systems

Decades of research have shown that corn yield potential can be reduced when corn is grown in the same fields in succeeding years, as compared to rotated acres. Any fields that are continually used to grow corn should have good drainage and fertility, along with low compaction problems and disease pressure. It is possible, however, to maintain high yields in continuous corn systems, as long as the following issues are addressed:

  • Corn residue: Healthy corn crops are likely to leave increased amounts of residue, which can present a problem for next year’s crop in soil fertility and in plant emergence and establishment. Intense tillage or strip-tillage can help address this.
  • Soil fertility: Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium should be maintained at optimum levels. Maintaining adequate levels of nitrogen in particular can be difficult in continuous corn systems, due to microbes in corn residue.
  • Product selection: Your co-op can help you choose the right Channel product for maximum protection against insects and disease.
  • Disease and insect control: Anytime you plant the same crop the following year, increased problems with disease and insects are to be expected. Fungicides and seed treatments can help address these issues.
  • Weed control: In continuous corn systems, there are fewer good choices for herbicides, and corn residue can reduce their effectiveness. Timing of herbicide application and control of volunteer corn is particularly important.

For a more detailed discussion of this topic, download this PDF from Channel.

2015 Holiday Hours at Your Co-op

Here are your co-op’s hours through the 2015 holiday season:

  • Thanksgiving: We will be open normal business hours all week, closing on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) only. We will also be closed on Monday, November 30, for the first day of buck.
  • Christmas: We will close at 3:00 pm on  Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24), and remain closed Friday through Sunday (December 25, 26 and 27). We will re-open normal business hours on Monday, December 28.
  • New Year’s: We will close at 3:00 pm on New Year’s Eve (Thursday, December 31), and remain closed on New Year’s Day. We will re-open normal business hours on Saturday, January 2.

We wish you and yours a wonderful celebration with family and friends, and all the best in 2016!